4 They say you're never more than 50 metres from a rat. And with more than 46 million sold since 1966, you're probably never too far from a Toyota Corolla either. After a brief decade-long hiatus, the model returns to the UK. This all-new, 12th-generation version is based the same platform as the Prius, CN-G and RAV4, and as well as the standard hatchback, Toyota is also launching an estate and a saloon, each with a 60mm longer wheelbase. Wow, a non-premium family saloon! Vauxhall stopped selling its Astra-based Belmont in 1991, Ford’s Escort-based Orion was axed in 1993 and even VW ditched its Golf-with-a-boot Jetta in 2017. So is a Corolla four-door saloon going to work here? I’m not taking bets. All the cars have a MacPherson-strut front suspension and an independent multi-link rear end, with electronically-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. There are three engine derivatives including two hybrids. A conventional 112bhp/136lb ft, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder … [Read more...] about Toyota Corolla review: the world’s most popular car is back
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Halloween is almost upon us. And of course, that means your thoughts will have turned to which cars are best to survive a zombie apocalypse. After all, whose wouldn’t? At CarGurus we’ve used our automotive expertise to put together the definitive list of the five cars in which you’re most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. No need to thank us; it’s all part of our commitment to bringing you the most important car buying advice out there. So without further ado, here are the five cars that’ll best ensure your brain doesn’t get eaten this Halloween. Credit: Brian Snelson HUMMER H1Our first instinct would be to choose the biggest, heaviest thing you can lay your hands on. Enter the Hummer H1. It’s about as big and heavy as it gets – and with its bluff front end and absolute go-anywhere ability, it’s perfect not just for ploughing its way through a hostile crowd of zombies, but also for crossing any mountains or rivers that … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. 5 Cars to Survive a Zombie ApocalypsePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
There was a time when Kia was known for selling tough but somewhat agricultural cars that appealed for their straightforward approach, but not their finesse. Then in 2006 it launched the original cee’d and kickstarted a mission to completely transform how its brand was perceived. It is a sign of how fast things have moved in the past 12 years that the arrival of the all-new, third-generation ceed (now SEO optimised and minus the apostrophe) is as noteworthy as that of any other family car save perhaps the Volkswagen Golf. For these days not only do we expect good value, but also true progress, with the end result being a car that’s as good as – if not better than – the established European players. Expectations are high, but does the 2018 ceed deliver? THE SAME BUT DIFFERENTMake no mistake, much progress has indeed been made, even if the final product does still feel like an evolutionary step. Perceived quality has improved, there’s more space inside, … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. Family Value: 2018 Kia Ceed DrivenPost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
We were taken there to drive the all-new Ceed hatchback up into the glorious High Tatra mountains, lodging in immense style at the Kempinski in Štrbské Pleso, then back down the next day. The short runway needed so much oomph that our jet had to refuel at Leipzig. We went up the hill in a Ceed with the new 114bhp 1.6 diesel. We came down with the new 138bhp 1.4 petrol engine. The climb recorded 54mpg. The descent averaged 52mpg. Over matching terrain the diesel would have gained in economy and reduced CO2. Official figures are 74.3mpg and 99g for the diesel and 48.7mpg and 132g for the petrol. A 118bhp one-litre petrol turbo engine rated at 52.3mpg and 122g is also offered. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is an option on the larger engines.Both engines were smooth and quiet – though the return route was undemanding of the petrol motor. The new body is lower and wider. The windows are shallower, the bonnet front is higher so in some ways the old Mk2 model was more … [Read more...] about Review: Kia Ceed, Sorento and Sportage
4 France won the world cup, Google was founded, an intern called Monica Lewinski became famous all over the world and, oh yes – Ford launched the Focus. It's only 20 years ago, but it's hard to overemphasise the impact this cheeky little hatchback had on family motoring. I remember engineers on the launch in Deauville, France saying: "I didn't think we could do a car like this!". Ford had been run for years by accountants, who clung like shipwrecked sailors to the Ford family purse strings. Chief executive Jac Nasser, however, wasn’t family and while he had controversial long-term views about Ford's future, he absolutely understood the damage done by cars like the execrable Mk5 Escort. Ford's engineers were in near revolt about the cost-cutting on that car. “Never again,” was the battle cry and Nasser and mercurial engineer Richard Parry-Jones created a design and engineering hot-house that cultivated the Focus. To have worked on that team is like … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Focus review – still brilliant, but has it lost its sparkle?